Mahatma Gandhi was painfully shy. Martin Luther King was reluctant to get involved in the civil rights movement, one of the reasons being he thought he was too young at age 26. Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, a seamtress, certainly didn’t go it alone when she decided to take a stand.
“It’s not where you start, it’s where you end up,” scholar Paul Loeb told an audience at Saginaw Valley State University, where he kicked off the Power of One Peace Conference Thursday evening with his presentation on “Soul of a Citizen: Hope in a Time of Fear.” Loeb has spent 35 years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment. He used famous historical figures like Gandhi, King, Parks and others to illustrate his point that many people who defined seminal periods in our nation’s history didn’t exactly seem destined to do so.
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